Monthly Archive: August 2014

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Canon EOS Rebel XSi is My Newest Toy

Long before I did video work and music and computer work, I was a photographer. Very amateur photographer. I ran the darkroom in High school and when I wasn’t playing in bands, I used to take my Fuji digital and snap pictures of other local bands around town. I never got into DSLRs because I was trying to work more with video. Even though DSLR cameras became more flexible, I always went with the pro-sumer models. It was important to get the right shot and the DSLR still needed an operator to focus as subjects moved. Last week I was doing some garage saling when I ran across the Canon EOS Rebel XSi model. It was the body only, but the price was so good, I couldn’t turn it down. It had a battery so I knew it worked well. I just needed a lens. I had my...

Goodbye Foursquare 2

A Goodbye Letter to Foursquare – I Don’t Need another Yelp

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSDear Foursquare. I know this may sting a little, but its time to say goodbye. I really enjoyed being the mayor in a few places, but now since I can’t check in – and I already use Yelp – I find your service redundant. Thanks for the memories. -Geekazine. It was John F. Kennedy who said “Change is the law of life. Those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.” That is what Foursquare did – change. But did they change for the better or did they miss their future. I have been a loyal Foursquare user for years. Not only did I get some great perks as a Mayor of some locations, I could also look back at where I have been and what I have done. I could leave tips or get...

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You Can Play The New Unreal Tournament Now!

In case if you missed it, the folks over at Epic Games have published the pre-alpha build of the new Unreal Tournament. At the time of publishing, there are no official servers so if you want to host your own, then there will be a lot of work to do if you want to do that. In this build, you get access to a few maps and a lot of weapons. You also get the ability to play against bots. However, there are a few caveats here. As this is a super-early version of the game there are going to be a lot of bugs. Additionally, there is a lot of place-holder artwork in the maps that are included. Therefore, this will not be representative of the final version of the game. Additionally, you will also need to sign up for an account at the unreal tournament forums...

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Review: Sony Xperia Z2 with Verizon 4G vs. iPad Air

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS“So slim and light, you forgetting your holding it” touts Sony in this newest tablet in the market. The Sony Xperia Z2 is a LTE-based Android tablet using Sony’s Trilumios technology. What is Triluminos? Its an approach to LED lighting that is different from most screens. Sony uses an uncoated LED inside a thin tube. The tube has what are called “Quantum Dots” of Red and Green. When electricity goes through the tubes, the wavelengths will determine the color. Blue is always the constant – emited via the main LED. The end result is a more vibrant experience. How vibrant? Well, lets put it side by side with the iPad Air to see the difference. Now we got that out of the way lets look at what Sony packs in their tablet. The Sony Xperia has a display area of 10.1...

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Portman Wills Talks Big Data from Mobile Gaming – GSNGames.com

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSPortman Wills is the head data monger at GSNgames.com (Game Show Network). Brought in via acquisition in 2011, Portman’s job is to collect data to make the games better. GSN games is a more laid back game that caters to an older female audience. Portman talks about how they work different than games like Farmville or Angry Birds. They have famous games like  Steve Meretzky who leads a team of designers that come up with the next cool game. GSNgames is a support organization behind it. If they have two ideas on how a game should play out, Wills team A/B tests the games and comes back with the feedback for the direction to go. We continue to talk about in-app purchases in “The Pinch” – where you make the game difficult enough where some would pay .99 to get out...

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The Crazy Facebook Messenger App Rules and a Safe Way to Install

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSLast week Facebook turned off the Messenger within the main app to force the masses to download the new app. As I mentioned before, this is to control your phone’s contact list and ultimately your phone itself. But recent issues cropped up stating the apps terms of conditions were a little seedy. The Wall Street Journal talked about how when you install the app, it tries to take over your contacts. Within the small print, they found the app could use your information to their advantage. One policy would allow Facebook to message your contacts without your knowledge. I would guess that was to allow the Facebook notifications and Inbox to alert of new messages.Further, the app could take over your camera and audio at any time. This can get spun into a state where people would be in fear that...

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Gaming Fun Comes To Wikimania 2014

Full disclosure: I am in the core organising team for Wikimania. For one evening only at Wikimania 2014, there will be a huge gaming event known as the Wikimania Games Corner. For one night, there will be a dedicated space to play a variety of games. As far as electronic games go, you will expect to find Mario Kart Wii(Nintendo Wii), OpenArena(PC/Linux/Mac) and Streets of Rage(Sega Mega Drive) to name but a few of the games that you can play. If you’re really lucky, you might be able to get your hands on the Elite: Dangerous beta and get a taste of the game before anyone else. There are also going to be tabletop games including Chess, Imperialism in Space and Once Upon a Time. Of all the various sessions and talks etc. going on at Wikimania, you should be really excited about the Wikimania Games corner. This...

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Google Hangouts, Photos and the Direction of Google Plus

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSGoogle has separated Hangouts from Google+ and is planning to do the same with photos. Will YouTube be the next in this Exodus? Where does this leave the social Network Google+? In June of 2011, Vic Gundotra and crew debuted Google+ and the Google Hangout. A video conference service for up to 10 people to “Hang Out”. As a beta user and original Hangout member, we used to spend a lot of late night hours bouncing from one hangout to another. Since then, the Hangout feature has vastly improved. They switched to their own VP8 codec, giving an HD quality to the service. Bringing in an open API, many have built some great apps around the video service such as lower 3rds, cameraman, and more. Google has also changed the way Hangouts initiates. They created an IM environment which takes over...

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